By Daniel Feliciano

19th Sep, 2023 | 4:10pm

West Ham United make decision on future of academy graduates Ben Johnson and Conor Coventry

West Ham United have decided not to offer Ben Johnson and Conor Coventry a new contract and will allow them to leave for free in the summer, reports Sean Whetstone.

Writing on his personal Twitter account (19 September), the editor of reports that the academy graduates will not be offered fresh terms before their current deals expire in 2024.

Johnson and Coventry are both yet to feature for the first-team in any capacity this season, with Johnson an unused sub in the first three games of the season and Coventry in the opening game with neither making the squad since.

“Hammers Ben Johnson and Conor Coventry will not be offered new West Ham contracts and will both be allowed to leave as free agents next summer when their current agreements expire,” he wrote.

Writing on the wall

For Johnson, this was expected and the writing has been on the wall since he was relegated to playing with the Under-23’s on Friday night.

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For Coventry it was always the most likely outcome too, despite his fine performances last season leaving some people believing he had a chance.

But realistically the talented midfielder is way down the pecking order and with the Hammers and Moyes strengthening in his position in the summer it only made things more difficult for him.

A January exit for both could certainly now be on the cards with both players knowing they don’t have a future at the London Stadium, whether it be permanently or on loan.

And the decision begs the question as to why West Ham didn’t cash in during the most recent transfer window. But ultimately a decision has now been made and we won’t be seeing much of either player in claret and blue again.

In other West Ham news, first-team star pens new deal after summer of exit links passes.